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Here is American Baptist pastor J. L. Dagg (1794-1884) with some very convicting words:
“Love to God produces to obedience; for it is impossible to love God supremely without a supreme desire to please him in all things. . . . .
“The true spirit of obedience is willing to receive the slightest intimations of the divine will. All the truths of Revelation are not equally clear; yet none of them may be disregarded because of difficulty in their investigation. . . .
“All obedience to Christ should be universal. The tithing of mint, anise, and cummin [sic], is of less moment than the weightier matters of law, judgment, mercy, and faith; but it is not therefore to be disregarded. Christ taught that both were to be observed. ‘These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.’ Church order and the ceremonials of religion, are less important than a new heart; and in the view of some, any laborious investigation of questions respecting them may appear to be needless and unprofitable. But we know, from the Holy Scriptures, that Christ gave commands on these subjects, and we cannot refuse to obey. Love prompts our obedience; and love prompts also the search which may be necessary to ascertain his will.”*
This reminds one of Hebrews 2:1-4:
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. (ESV)
Remember Lot’s wife.
*Manual of Theology: Second Part, A Treatise on Church Order (Harrisonburg, Va.: Gano Books, 1990), 9, 11, and 12.